An Ofsted report said inspectors found that a persistent absence of stable leadership was a feature of most ‘inadequate’ local authorities. It said that in the weakest places:
- The most basic acceptable practice was not in place
- Supervision, management oversight, purposeful work with families and decisive action where children were at risk from harm were ineffective
- The views of children and families were rarely considered
- Support from key statutory partners – health, police, schools – was weak and poorly co-ordinated
- Managers did not appear to have a firm understanding of what constituted good practice
More top news
A fire, which police believe was arson, killed a 14-year-old girl, an eight-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl.
Well-placed sources have reported that Theresa May's deputy will not be forced to step down over allegations of sexual misconduct.
A whistle-blower told ITV News some school buses were on the road without a valid MOT.